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Mary, love, and grace

In my ladies book and Bible study the other day we read a story called “Love Casts Out Fear”. It was a short story written about Mary Magdalene and her trip to the tomb on Easter Morning. The story describes Mary’s fear of being arrested for tending to Jesus’ body, her deep sadness at seeing his body broken and bleeding, the first time she met Jesus, and his appearance to her first after His death.

According to this story, their first meeting took place on a day when Mary was suffering terribly. The seven “demons” that were possessing her were in full force that day and she had broken free of those tending to her. At this point Mary was the lowest of the low in society, a woman, and a sick one at that. Mary was contemplating hurling herself into the well in the town when Jesus saw her, wiped the blood from her face and cast out the demons. After that, Mary became what some call the disciple to the disciples.

For me Mary is the ultimate example of why God sent His son to us. The first person to see Jesus alive on the first Easter morning was Mary. Before Mary women had very low position in religion. And now, the Son of God is appearing to a woman and asking her to spread His message first. Before this no one uttered the name of God because it was too holy and above the common man. Jesus brought the grace and love of His Father to everyone. I don’t need to go to a priest or rabbi or whatever to converse with my God. He is always right there available to me. Open to me.

And I don’t need holy relics. The history is there to be seen. Much of what is written can be backed up with archaeological data. That’s great. I find all of that very interesting and fun to learn about, read about and study but it is not a necessary part of my spirituality. I can accept much on faith. And I can do this because I have felt the grace and love that is what God gave me when Jesus appeared to Mary on the first Easter morning.


Haiku Friday: Good Friday


Dinner for thirteen

Follow a man with a jar

to an upstairs room.

Passover seder

All together to commune

One will soon betray!

Garden betrayal

Dungeon beatings and trial

Hung on cross to die.

Sent to teach us love

He showed us grace of God

Took my sins away.

Not proof, just faith

I had a post all written for today but decided to hold off on actually posting it until I was sure it was what I wanted to say. I am so glad that I did because it was sure a sad tale of self pity and woe. I later decided that what I want to talk about today is God. The Big Guy. Sky Daddy(I know this one was said tongue in cheek but I happen to like it). My Higher Power.

During my day I heard two things about God that I thought I would like to write about. One of them had something to do with not shooting the messenger. The second had to do with God being vengeful, judgmental, and down right scary.

I am a Christian. You guys know this about me. I have questioned my religion at times but never my faith. I think this is where we were going when we were talking about not shooting the messenger today. I question key points in the Bible. I enjoy having conversations with people who do not believe as I do. I also enjoy having conversations with people who are very knowledgeable about the Bible. I don’t believe that I will ever understand all there is to know about my God. I do believe that the Bible was written by man. I believe the writings are divinely inspired but ultimately man is flawed and there are parts of the message that are dim and confusing. I also believe that there are parts of the story that God doesn’t want us to know yet or in some cases ever. Because we are small, flawed creatures that will forever be unprepared for His glory. The messengers are flawed. The message is a good one.

In conversation today someone was talking about the God that they knew as a child. The punishing, vengeful God. Big scary guy with a booming voice and debts to call in. Not so much my idea of God. When I look around and consider my religion, my faith, my God I look at the way I was raised and the love that I always felt. We were raised to look at the beauty around us. The love surrounding us. As I got older I asked questions about God and judgment. And I found out that not everyone felt the same way I did about God.

When I moved to Colorado I found myself surrounded by people with great knowledge of the scriptures and religion. I found people with love for those like them. And I found people with love for those around them no matter what they were like. I see the intolerant and I see the tolerant. I think the thing that I have learned the most about while living here is grace. That is what I want the people around me to feel from me. Love and grace.

I don’t need to pray to saints or confess my sins to a priest. Those are all human devices and constraints placed on the almighty. I don’t need an intercessory. I need to open my heart and mind and let my faith lead me. God gives me grace for all the rest.